3 carrier sailors flown to Guam after testing COVID-19 positive

EXERCISE: Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 fly over the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in the South China Sea on Feb. 9. The Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups were conducting dual-carrier operations during their deployments to the 7th Fleet area of operations. Mass Communication Spc. Seaman Deirdre Marsac/U.S. Navy

Three Navy sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt who tested positive for COVID-19 were flown to U.S. Naval Base Guam today.

The sailors will reside in lodging within the U.S. Naval Base Guam for the duration of their isolation period in accordance with Navy and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention's COVID-19 guidelines and will have no contact with the local population, the Navy stated in a press release.

"We greatly appreciate the dedicated support from the Government of Guam and the hospitality that the people of Guam continue to show our sailors. U.S. Pacific Fleet is committed to taking every measure possible to protect the health of our force and the people of Guam," according to the Navy. 

The Theodore Roosevelt, which recently had dual-carrier exercises in the South China Sea, remains fully operational.

"These sailors continue to be asymptomatic and have been in isolation since their positive test Feb. 14 in accordance with Navy and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention's COVID-19 guidance, the Navy stated.

The ship has continued to conduct surveillance testing and no further positives have been identified.

The ship is following an aggressive mitigation strategy in accordance with Navy and CDC guidelines to include mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hygiene and sanitation practices, the Navy stated.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero was informed ahead of time and agreed with moving the sailors off the USS Theodore Roosevelt to seek medical care here on Guam, said Communications Director Krystal Paco-San Agustin.

“The Navy has instituted strict infection protocols in the same manner as previously done and was successful. Our community continues to be protected. Their continued surveillance in the USS Theodore Roosevelt is doing what it is meant to do," the governor stated. "Testing, contact tracing, and treatment work together to stop the spread of the virus when paired with preventive measures like wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands. I have no issues or concerns with the three sailors receiving care here on Guam. We wish them a speedy recovery.”

Close to 1,000 of Theodore Roosevelt's sailors were stricken with COVID-19 last year as the ship sought refuge on Guam.

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